In the dedication to Double Jump, I thank a friend of mine that I’ve been playing co-op games with for over twenty-five years. It’s gotten to the point that a mediocre online co-op game will get a bump to the top of the queue over a Triple-A single-player only game because the experience (even a frustrated experience!) of gaming together is so uproariously hilarious. We’ll chat and commentate our way through a game and only half of it might be about the game. A lot of times we catch up on our lives and discuss our children while we storm some virtual beach or scrape bumpers while racing down the highway.
Between now and the end of the month, I want to collect your co-op gaming stories — who do you prefer to play games with, and why? Maybe it’s your cousin who tends your crops in FarmVille. Maybe it’s that guy who’s been in your World of Warcraft guild since college. Perhaps it’s your own child in a rousing game of Wii Bowling. Who’s your favorite co-op partner? Tell me in the comments, and on February 1st I’ll pick three random entries and give them two books each — one for them, and one for a friend.
I can’t wait to hear your stories.